Central Bank assuages foreign ownership fears

by Justin da Rosa20 Jun 2016
There is no fear of housing market crash due to foreign ownership, according to the Bank of Canada.

“Because it is currently difficult to measure the effect of demand from foreign residents, the governments of Canada and British Columbia have announced plans to improve collection of data on foreign ownership of Canadian real estate,” the Bank of Canada said in its recently released Financial System Review. “To the extent that foreign demand reflects buy-and-hold investment, it does not directly increase the risk of a house price correction. Together with other factors stoking demand, however, foreign demand does contribute to price increases that are driving the rise in house-hold indebtedness.

The 47 review touched on a number of issues currently plaguing the housing market, including the divergent trends in the British Columbia and Toronto markets compared to other, struggling markets. 

The report also predicted price softening in those two markets.

“It is unlikely that the current pace of price increases in the GVA and GTA can be sustained. Supply will be somewhat more elastic in the long term, and it is unlikely that demand fundamentals will justify continued strong price increases,” the Bank said. “The rapid pace of price increases seen over the past year also raises the possibility that prices may be supported by self-reinforcing expectations, making them more sensitive to an adverse shock to housing demand.”

Click here to access the entire review.


  • by jeff 6/20/2016 12:34:08 PM

    In English please

  • by Sonam Lhundup 6/28/2016 11:17:00 AM

    Present over heated increased in price in Toronto is not only factored by the foreign buyer ownership but by local contractor and builder who has immensely contributed to the unimaginable price rise by paying for land value and lot size and severing into number of lots and rebuilding it and listing it over 1.4 million. Now a days, Irrespective of the 1 .2,3 bedroom single detached home with "As Is" condition and sizeable site Area go beyond the affordability of locals resident and first time home buyer.


Is a Toronto foreign sales tax a good idea?